Archive for September, 2011


IPA

Stone Brewing Company

North County San Diego, CA

http://www.stonebrew.com

ABV – 6.9%

IBU- 77

 I’ve personally enjoyed many of the beers I’ve tasted from Stone Brewing Company, but I never understood how they’ve garnered such a devoted following. I honestly went into this review with a much more critical eye…hoping for some flaw…but it was not to be.

Stone IPA is golden in color with a frothy white head.

It had a floral hop aroma that is intermingled with what smells a bit like toasted malt.

Stone’s IPA is crisp and satisfying. The grassy hop notes hit immediately while a subtle malty sweetness fades in behind it. The finish is bitter and leaves you longing for the next sip.

Stone’s IPA is a well-balanced ale. It’s quite tasty actually. I think now I finally understand the hype. I enjoyed the experience from first sip to last…and I think you will too. So…if you haven’t had the opportunity to try Stone IPA, what are you waiting for? Get off your butt and go get some!

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

I’m so excited I can barely contain myself.  The Great Lakes Brewfest in Racine Wisconsin is this weekend…THIS WEEKEND!!   This year it’s being held at the Racine Zoo.    I can’t wait.  This is one of my favorite events of the year.  Hanging out, sampling tons of really great beer with my dad.  Really a great time!!

It’s all thanks to the Kilties ( a drum and bag pipe group that is based in and around Racine).  They put on the Great Lakes Brewfest as one of their annual fundraisers…and they do a really nice job.  It’s always a lot of fun…lots of great  beer, good food and cool people to talk to.   Good music too. Pretty much everyone behaves themselves too.  We’ve been going up to thew Great Lakes Brewfest for the last 6 years or so…and we’ve never seen a fight or really even an argument.   The whole thing takes on the atmosphere of a really mellow frat party…something like that.    Anyway, it’s this weekend.  It actually starts up Friday night…and then is open again Saturday starting at 3pm.

Check it out at http://www.greatlakesbrewfest.com

It really is a blast!!

Maybe I’ll see you there.  If you happen to read this…and end up going on Saturday, look for a shaggy red-haired guy in a Potosi Snake Hollow IPA t-shirt…if his name is josh, you’ve found me.

Anyway, sorry for sort of a weird post, but I’m so excited, all I can think is Brewfest…and I’ve still got a few days to wait!!

Cheers…and maybe I’ll see you in Racine!

josh frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

HopMouth Double IPA

Arcadia Ales

Battle Creek, MI

http://www.arcadiaales.com

ABV – 8.1%

IBU – 76

Arcadia Ales Hopmouth Double IPA is certainly a pretty beer. It is an amber colored ale that seems to glow in my glass. A white head quickly forms, but is gone just as quickly.

 My nose is greeted by an intense citrus hop aroma mingled with a sweetness that reminds me a bit of honey.

 The first sip is amazing. Hopmouth is crisp with a nice effervescence. The first flavor to hit is the hop bitterness. A fantastic blend of citrus and what seems to be pine. There is also the slightest hint of malty sweetness, but the wonderful hoppiness is far and away the dominant flavor.

 I find Hopmouth to be crisp and really quite refreshing. For me, this seems like the perfect beer to end a day spent on yardwork.

 I plan to trackdown many more Hopmouth Double IPA’s.  I’ve got one bottle left and I’m planning to give that one to my dad. He’s just gotta try this one…and so do YOU.

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Coffee Stout

New Glarus Brewing

New Glarus, WI

www.newglarusbrewing.com

ABV – 6.3%

IBU – Unavailable

You can smell the chocolate malts and coffee that go into New Glarus’s Coffee Stout the second you open the bottle. Truly a beautiful thing.

 New Glarus Coffee Stout appears black in my pint glass…it has a creamy off-white head that starts out about half an inch thick. Nice head retention as well. It hung around for a few minutes fading to a beige film atop the pitch black brew.

 You can definitely taste the coffee in this brew. It compliments the roasted malt flavors nicely. New Glarus Coffee Stout is thick, rich and creamy with a slightly bitter finish.

 Something in my brain is imagining how fantastic a New Glarus Coffee Stout Chocolate Cake might be…but that’s a topic for another day. Back to the beer.

 While I’ve had many of New Glarus Brewing’s other offerings, this is my first experience with their Coffee Stout. This was a phenomenal beer. I think it could be enjoyed by both stout aficionados and those that are new to the style. I will certainly be picking up more of New Glarus’s Coffee Stout whenever I can.

Cheers…

Josh Frank